What is a comet facts for kids? A comet is small solar system body, made up of ice, dust and rocky material. All comets in our solar system orbit the sun. A short-period comet takes less than 200 years to complete an orbit of our sun. A long-period comet can take thousands to millions of years to complete an orbit of our sun.
What are 3 interesting facts about meteorites? The oldest particles in a meteorite, calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions from carbonaceous chondrites, have been dated at 4.56 billion years old. Meteorites that originate from asteroids are all ~4.5 billion years old. Meteorites that originate from the Moon range in age from 4.5 to 2.9 billion years old.
How fast is a comet? When the comet is far from the sun, it travels at about 2,000 miles per hour. As it gets closer to the sun, its speed increases. It may travel at over 100,000 miles per hour! As a comet approaches the sun, its icy body begins to melt, releasing gas and dust.
What are some facts about comets and asteroids? A comet is an icy object which orbits the sun. It produces steam when it nears the sun and develops a tail of dust and gas. A meteor is a particle of rock that burns up in Earth’s upper atmosphere, leaving a streak of light. An asteroid is a small rocky object in the solar system.